hippodrome








noun

  1. an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles.
  2. (in ancient Greece and Rome) an oval track for horse races and chariot races.

noun

  1. a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
  2. (in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races
n.

1580s, from French hippodrome, from Latin hippodromos “race course,” from Greek hippodromos “chariot road, race course for chariots,” from hippos “horse” (see equine) + dromos “course” (see dromedary). In modern use for “circus performance place,” and thus extended to “large theater for stage shows.”

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